The Village of Empress

is situated on the West side of the Alberta/Saskatchewan border and serves as a center to the surrounding farming and ranching community of 1,500 people. It has been a focal point for many activities in the area. It is also at the geographical center of many large cities in Western Canada: Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina.

Council Meeting Agenda

Posted on February 9, 2023 under: Announcements
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 @ 6:30 pm
Regular Council Meeting
Empress Village Office Building
6 3 Avenue West


Coffee with Council

Posted on February 7, 2023 under: Announcements

When: Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Empress Community Hall (314 Centre Street)

Who: Council and public/residents

Format: Questions, Topics and Discussion Session

No specific agenda but you will have the opportunity to just raise legitimate municipal issues or other topics of interest.  It is not necessarily a roundtable format – this is an informal discussion between elected officials and the public/residents about the future of the Village.  Residents are also invited to submit paper format questions to to be discussed at the meeting.  Some refreshments will be available.

Question from Council: What is on the mind of our residents and ratepayers for 2023?



Posted on January 23, 2023 under: Announcements

The Village of Empress politely requests that residents/dog owners be courteous and considerate and pick up after their dogs and always keep them on a lease when walking them or having your dog(s) off your property.  Please be mindful of seniors, minors and others using our streets for walking and other purposes.  Please do not have your dog be a liability or a threat to others.  Keep your dog on a leash when others are passing or approaching.  Be respectful of early and late hours, and those working shifts, so your dog(s) does not bark excessively.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Christmas Light Up Winners for 2022

Posted on January 21, 2023 under: Announcements

The Village of Empress Council announces that Bryan and Merle Loose are the Christmas Light Up Winners for 2022, and receive the $150 prize.

The Council thanks all for their enthusiastic participation.


Regular Council Meetings date & time

Posted on January 19, 2023 under: Announcements

Regularly scheduled Council meetings for the Village of Empress are held the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Empress Village Office Building located at 6 – 3 Avenue West.

More information is available here.



Posted on January 18, 2023 under: Announcements

Here it is, 3:00 pm, and the electricity is back on again. Who knows for how long.

If/when the power goes out again, the Empress Friendship Centre (324 Centre Street), will be open for people seeking warmth.

The Village Office has a backup generator, so is open, but when the power is off, so is our Internet. That means that office and banking transactions can not be done when we have no Internet.

The Regular Council Meeting will go ahead tonight but business is priority, and the general idea is to get it done and move on so to speak.

The Village appreciate your patience on the matter and has raised the infrastructure concern with ATCO which they have acknowledged.


Oyen Hospital

Posted on January 12, 2023 under: Announcements

Starting Jan. 16, Big Country Hospital in Oyen will be closing their acute care beds and the Emergency Department will close at night.  It is a temporary measure until they can get more nurses.

See: Link to Alberta Health Services News Release

On 2023-Jan-12, Alberta Health Services had a very well attended public meeting in Oyen wherein they explained what is happening and then took questions from the public.  Video of that meeting is available online on Facebook and the Oyen Echo website, thanks to the Oyen Echo.  Skip to 8:35 in the video for the start of the meeting.


Regular Council Meeting, Jan. 18

Posted on January 11, 2023 under: Announcements
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Regular Council Meeting
Empress Village Office Building
6 3 Avenue West


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